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FICO Infographic: Analytics that ‘think’ like humans

FICO Infographic: Analytics that ‘think’ like humans

A new infographic from FICO illustrates various ways in which big data analytic software mimics processes in the human brain. These applications of artificial intelligence address a range of real-world challenges, from combating financial crimes and computer hacking to verifying identities. Read more

CSHL receives $50 million to establish Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) recently announced a $50 million gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons to establish the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology. The Center will support research and education programs at one of the world’s leading independent biomedical research institutions, a birthplace of molecular biology and one of the first institutions in the world to recognize the importance of quantitation in the life sciences. Read more

2014 Watson Mobile Developer Challenge winners announced

2014 Watson Mobile Developer Challenge winners announced

IBM recently announced the three winners of the 2014 Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. The first-of-its-kind global competition encouraged developers and entrepreneurs to create consumer and business apps made with IBM’s Watson cognitive computing capabilities. Read more

The Gauss of the Game

The Gauss of the Game

There are “students of the game” and then there’s John Urschel, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman from Penn State chosen by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of this year’s NFL draft. Like all serious prospects, Urschel spent “hundreds of hours” at the start of the year working out, trying to improve his numbers in the 40-yard dash, 225-pound bench press and other skills tests in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine (a showcase for top prospects) in hopes of improving his selection in the NFL draft in May. While working out, Urschel – who earned a bachelor’s and... Read more

SAS University Edition supports teaching, learning of statistics and quantitative methods

A striking analytics skills gap is hampering employers from digging value from huge amounts of data. Recently launched and offered for free, SAS University Edition will help higher education build the statistical skills needed to fill this gap. Students and adult learners can jump-start careers and make themselves highly attractive to talent-hungry employers by building analytics expertise. Professors and researchers can augment instruction and power their research with industry-leading analytics. Read more

Survey: CIOs express common concerns, regional differences

CIOs around the globe may share common concerns, but there are considerable differences in their priorities, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc.'s Executive Programs. The report, “Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda,” represents a comprehensive examination of CIO strategies and success behaviors. Read more

Mu Sigma program produces decision scientists

Mu Sigma, the world’s largest pure-play provider of decision sciences, recently graduated its second batch of decision scientists from its Austin, Texas, center. With 75 students having completed its program thus far, Mu Sigma is on track to graduate 250+ decision scientists by the end of 2015. Read more

Analytics Section of INFORMS News

2015 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

Applications for the 2015 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, sponsored by the INFORMS Section on Analytics, are due Aug. 25. The purpose of the award is to recognize creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The prize promotes the awareness of the value of analytics techniques in unusual applications, or in creative combination to provide unique insights and/or business value. Read more

Analytics cluster set for INFORMS Annual Meeting in S.F.

The Analytics Section of INFORMS will present the analytics cluster of sessions and presentations at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco Nov. 9-12. The cluster encompasses 20 sessions featuring the most renowned analytics practitioners and leaders. Nine additional sessions will be jointly organized in collaboration with the Health Applications Society (HAS), CPMS (the Practice Section of INFORMS) and the Section on O.R. in Sports (SpORts). Read more

INFORMS Initiatives

New INFORMS continuing education courses

The INFORMS Continuing Education program is offering two new courses this fall: “Introduction to Monte Carlo and Discrete-Event Simulation” and “Modern Predictive Analytics.” Read more

CAP exam offered at computer-based testing centers worldwide

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the fields of analytics, operations research (O.R.) and management science, recently announced that its successful Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) exam will now be given at hundreds of computer-based testing centers worldwide through an agreement with Kryterion, the full-service provider of customizable assessment and certification products and services. Read more

Industry News

Poll: Less than half of businesses plan more than a year ahead

A recent poll of more than 50 organizations, including some of the word’s best-known brands, shows less than half have a business planning process that looks more than 12 months ahead. The poll was conducted during an hour-long webinar, jointly hosted by supply chain optimization experts Oliver Wight, optimization technology and prescriptive modeling specialists AIMMS and Districon, a leading logistics solutions consultancy. Read more

EPIS chooses Gurobi to deliver faster optimization solutions

EPIS’ latest release of AURORAxmp includes the Gurobi Optimizer as an available solver. AURORAxmp is a comprehensive power forecasting tool used in the energy industry. Read more

AIMMS, Districon help Papyrus innovate supply chain

Papyrus is a leading European paper wholesaler. In 2013, it supported more than 68,000 customers in 20 countries from 43 warehouses and cross-dock platforms strategically located across Europe. In the face of a continuing secular decline in the demand for paper, Papyrus has maintained its competitive advantage by implementing radical changes in its supply chain network and re-envisioning workflow in forecasting, replenishment & supplier management. Read more

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Instant Replay

(Selected articles that ran in previous issues of Analytics that merit a second look.)

"Consulting: 18 things nobody tells you about solo practice"
Doug Samuelson


November 9-12, 2014
2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA


Dr. Stephen Chambal“The defense community is very interested in what is called ‘quantified warrior,’ which is an ability to monitor and assess a soldier’s condition and to understand how to optimize their performance on the battlefield. As one can imagine, athletic teams are very interested in maximizing their players’ performance ‘on the battlefield.’ ”

– Dr. Stephen Chambal, vice president of The Perduco Group, explaining why his defense consultancy company ventured into the sports analytics business in the May/June issue of Analytics magazine.

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